Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, announced that the Spanish midfield duo, Thiago Alcantara and Brazilian Fabinho Tavares, are in good physical condition, and are ready to participate in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, on Saturday evening, May 28, at the “San Denis” stadium. Paris, the French capital.
Thiago was replaced due to a muscle problem in the first half of the last Premier League game on Sunday 22 May against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which ended with Liverpool winning 3-1, and Fabinho has not played since he suffered a hamstring injury during the 2-1 win over Aston Villa. On May 10.
Klopp was pessimistic last week about Thiago and said he would likely miss Saturday’s match with Real Madrid, but he gave good news to Liverpool fans at a press conference at the Stade de France on Friday, May 27.
The Liverpool boss told reporters: “It looks good for both Thiago and Fabinho. Fabinho trained normally, Thiago trained with the team yesterday and he will train today, and then we’ll go from there. The mood is very good, I’m very excited to be here. location and stadium.
Before the Champions League final, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp talks about Saint-Denis Stadium
New grass was laid at Stade de France earlier this week and Klopp had some concerns, as the pitch was hastily prepared for the final after Saint Petersburg was stripped of its right to host the match following the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February. .
“Usually when the pitch looks new, that’s good news,” Klopp said. “But not in this case… because the grass has only been new since yesterday. We’ll have a regular training session and we’ll see. I’ve watched the referees in their training sessions, and the ball seemed to be moving nicely.” natural”.
“Maybe someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce new ground the day before the match, but both teams will play in the same conditions,” the German added.
Klopp believes that there is a slight advantage to Real Madrid because of his great experience after reaching the Champions League final for the fifth time in 9 seasons, and he said: “If you look at the way Real Madrid has returned in the result of the last matches, I will say that they are candidates,” referring to the confrontations Real Madrid, the Champions League, against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in the previous rounds.
“I want us to be at the same level in this type of competition. I hope we can play our character and our way in the final. If we are at the top of our level it will be difficult to defeat us. My main concern is that we play our way and believe in ourselves.”
Klopp believes that his team has “improved” since their 1-3 defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final, and that match will have no effect on Saturday’s match, and said: “We played that night and conditions were against us. Key players came back from injury. Things happened. You have to learn to win. The boys have developed a lot in the last few years. We are part of a big club. What happened in 2018 was important but winning the title (in 2019) was even more important.”
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For his part, the Scottish left-back of the Liverpool team, Andrew Robertson, confirmed that they will face the Real Madrid team, which presents “fantastic” levels, noting that “the Reds have great chances of winning.”
The Scot ruled out that one of his teammates is still thinking “what happened in Kyiv” when Liverpool lost the final to Real Madrid by three goals to one in 2018, and the player said in a press conference held on the eve of the upcoming final: “We will face a great opponent, but if we do our best in We will have a great chance of winning.”
The Liverpool player added: “We do not think about what happened in Kyiv, the following season we won the Champions League and things went well. What happened in that final from the past, and now we are only thinking about Paris.”
He continued: “Real Madrid had a little relaxation, and had a quiet preparatory period because of their crowning of the League 3 weeks before its end. The opponent rested for this match more than us, but we arrive at the match in good physical condition, and we worked hard to overcome the difficult moments, and we want to finish the season in a good way. Good. We have to stay competitive in the last matches.”
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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold stressed that the importance of the Champions League final “increases” when the rival is a team the size of Real Madrid, ruling out that the loss of the Premier League title in the last round would affect the Reds’ return in the “Champions” final.
“They are two different tournaments,” Arnold said during a press conference in Paris. “Now we are in the Champions League final, where the pressure is different from the league match. Playing the final against Madrid gives the final more weight. We are in front of two football giants in Europe who want to… Winning all the titles every year.
The England international added: “The Premier League is a thing of the past. We played 4 competitions and reached the final in all of them. Now we have to play the Champions and that’s what we focus on. What happened last Sunday was frustrating, but you need a few days to get over it and it happened. There is nothing better. From coming to Paris, in an amazing stadium, and playing the final of this most prestigious tournament in the world.”
And when asked about the level of Real Madrid’s brilliant striker, Brazilian Vinicius Junior, Arnold praised the “A Seleção” player, saying: “I have a great desire to face him and the Real Madrid team. You always wait to play against world-class players. It will be a battle on every side of the field. We have The game plan and Vinicius is an amazing player, a threat to the opposition with his goals and assists, but we have work to do and we know how we are going to play. Solo fights are part of that, but the real work is team work and the best will win.”
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Liverpool is seeking to achieve the treble this season, after winning the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, bearing in mind that the Reds have previously won the European Championship on 6 previous occasions.
On the other hand, Real Madrid has 13 Champions League titles, and the team hopes to win the championship for the 14th time in its history, to add it to the Spanish League title that it won in the current season 2021-22.
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